Installing XP on SATA Hard Drive

Gateway / T-6330u
July 13, 2009 at 16:51:42
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium, Intel Pentium Dual Core, 3 GB
I've been trying to install Windows xp on my brother's laptop, which is a Gateway T-6330u, and unfortunately it's hard drive is SATA and the xp setup doesn't recognize it. So when I try to press F6 on the setup screen it asks me to insert a floppy disk, but because it doesn't have a floppy disk drive I can't insert any floppy disk.

Now is there a way to use a USB flash drive instead?

Also is there any special SATA drivers I need for xp?

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July 13, 2009 at 19:03:33
I'd slipstream the drivers onto your cd.

You can use barts PE to usb and install it if you have the drivers.

You normally need the drivers for the sata adapter, not the drive.

By the way. Check in bios for sata setting to let it be used as an IDE drive. Then you don't have to fool with all that above.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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July 13, 2009 at 19:12:50
The only option I got in the BIOS was "32-bit I/O" and I tried enabling it and it did the same thing.

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July 15, 2009 at 03:37:16
I has same problem and maybe I have a solution:
1. The Gateway manufacture don`t offer a windows xp sata driver and you must download from intel site from the following addres:
2. Install the nlite software (it`s free on the Internet).
3. Copy Windows kit from the cd into a directory from hdd.
4. You must compile new windows kit with nlite soft.
5. When you add sata driver in the nlitle use text mode driver.
6.Create new windows boot cd.
Try now to install windows xp from the new cd kit.

If you need more information or help I will be here :)

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